The swedish ISP Bahnof reports in a press release that the Swedish government is preparing to setup a filter that will block IPs for foreign gambling websites.
The Swedish government owns a company called "Svenska Spel" (Swedish Gambling) that conducts lotteries, run casinos, bingo halls, internet poker and more and has a return on around 580 million USD per year. They do not have a monopoly any more but the market is regulated and now when a lot of people is gambling on foreign web sites, the government wants to introduce a licence for other companies entering the market and others will be blocked out using the internet filter. The excuse is of course that it's for the sake of public health...
Translation of the beginning of the press release:
The swedish government is on the way to for the first time force ISPs to filter the internet.
The new gambling investigation is officially about that the government "wants to introduce licence to let more actors in on the Swedish gambling market". But the ones who don't get the licence should be closed out "in an efficient way" – through an enforcing IP-filter that makes it impossible for regular users to reach the websites.
– The investigation time is very short, writes the governments investigator Håkan Hallstedt in an email to Bahnof.
– This violates an important fundamental limit that will have effects in a number of areas, says Jon Karlung, CEO, Bahnof.